Originally Posted by marsupial-mom
Key phrase: "lawful exemption". It's been discussed here on MDC that many anti-vaxxers do not have lawful exemptions. They believe it's OK to break the law in order to prevent their child from being vaccinated.
First of all, you are jumping to the conclusion that "many anti-vaxxers do not have lawful exemptions." That has not been stated on MDC, and you are not in a position to determine anyone's religious beliefs.
Secondly, I'd like to point out that in recent history, there have been many examples of doctors erroneously believing that invasive procedures are safe and effective. A partial list: frontal lobotomies, hysterectomies for depression, routine tonsillectomies, antibiotics for ear infections/colds/mild viruses, mercurochrome for skin cuts,
From the 1920's through the 1970's, doctors instructed new mothers that formula feeding was better than breast feeding. As late as the 1990's, the standard doctor-given advice to new breastfeeding mothers was to use a modified formula schedule of feeding every 2-3 hours. Some doctors are STILL unaware that breatmilk can digest as quickly as 30 minutes.
In the 1980's, many OBGYNs told all pregnant women, regardless of starting weight, that they should not gain more than a total of 15 pounds.
People with celiac disease were, until the decade, told that they had "IBS," and put on medications (often including antidepressants), allowing years of damage from gluten. Even today, the standard of care involves an intestinal biopsy for diagnosis, rather than the safer and more accurate combination of bloodwork and dietary response.
Imagine if routine tonsillectomies were mandated, in order to curb the spread of "dangerous" infections.
Or if co-sleeping were declared illegal. After all, the current mandate--and accompanying propaganda, including billboards that have gone up this year--is "ABC: babies should sleep Alone, on their Backs, in a Crib."
And let's remember, too, that the schools, along with the media, do not mention, EVER, that exemptions are even possible. Pediatricians are refusing to treat unvaccinated children--with no mention of children who have had previous adverse reactions to vaccines.
Imagine if pediatricians refused to treat a child whose tonsils had not first been removed.